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Natives

Akala

Natives

by Akala

Natives

Akala

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In Natives, world-renowned rapper and activist Akala reveals his experience as a Black Briton as he debunks myths and stereotypes about the relationship between the United Kingdom, colonization, and Blackness.

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Natives

by Akala

Natives

Akala

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With the Black Lives Matter movement gaining mainstream attention in 2020, one thing has become clear: when it comes to matters of race, color, and systemic discrimination and violence, education is one of our strongest weapons.

In this insightful, gut-wrenching depiction of systemic racism, rapper and activist Akala describes the insidious mechanisms of hatred that are sadly part of the United Kingdom's history. Through his own experiences as a child silenced by school teachers, the inner workings of job interviews, and the depiction of Black athletes and artists in the media, he paints a realistic portrait of the daily struggles faced by Black Britons today.

How can we change the narrative and abolish an old discriminatory system that refuses to see itself for what it is? How can we, no matter our background, stand up and fight racial injustice? In 'Natives,' the conversation starts with the truth: the first step is to rethink the way we see the world, privilege, race, and social injustice.

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"White supremacists, as much as they don't want to admit it, make themselves slaves to Black excellence when they allow its existence to unbalance their entire sense of self."

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